Coast Guard is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irene as it heads toward Tri-State area

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – As Hurricane Irene approaches the Tri-State area, the Coast Guard is actively tracking the storm’s progress and urging caution and preparedness for mariners and storm watchers. Hurricane force winds, heavy surf, strong storm surges, rogue waves, rip currents and coastal flooding are predicted.

The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning for the Tri-State area, in effect through 7:15 p.m., Saturday, August 27.

As a result of the hurricane’s environmental impact, Coast Guard search and rescue capabilities may be severely degraded.

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that people avoid going near beaches or other low-lying coastal areas, especially jetties and rocky areas. Though the large waves can be an extreme sight to some, the Coast Guard, along with its partner state and local agencies, urge people to not go near these areas if at all possible. Large waves can quickly and unexpectedly sweep a person from these areas. Even the strongest swimmers can quickly be overtaken by the power of the sea. The risk to life is too great during conditions such as these.

The Coast Guard is working with local, state and federal partners to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irene.  Air Station Cape Cod and Air Station Atlantic City crews conducted pre-storm flights ensuring mariners at sea are aware of the approaching storm as it moves up the eastern seaboard.

Mariners can stay informed by monitoring the storm’s progress via the National Weather Service’s Hurricane Center or local television, radio and internet news programs. The current and forecasted weather conditions from the National Weather Service are broadcasted throughout the day on VHF channel WX2. The Coast Guard broadcasts weather conditions on VHF channel 22A at 9:30 a.m., noon, and 4:30 p.m.

Mariners are reminded that drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures prior to a storm. They are generally authorized to remain closed up to eight hours prior to the approach of gale-force winds of 34 knots or greater, and whenever an evacuation is ordered.

Below are Coast Guard and emergency information sites, phone numbers, port conditions and vessel restrictions by state regions.

Coast Guard:

New York and New Jersey

Coast Guard Sector New York (718) 668-7114

http://homeport.uscg.mil/newyork

New York and Connecticut Long Island Sound area

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound (203) 468-4401

http://homeport.uscg.mil/lis

State/Federal:

–          New York Office of Emergency Management: http://goo.gl/2tgVE

–          New York 311: http://www.nyc.gov/apps/311/

–          New Jersey Office of Emergency Management: http://goo.gl/C2TX8

–          Connecticut Office of Emergency Management: http://goo.gl/TFg5s

–          NOAA: National Hurricane Center http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
National Weather Service New York, NY http://www.weather.gov/nyc

–          FEMA: http://www.fema.com/

For information about hurricane preparedness visit http://www.ready.gov/america/beinformed/hurricanes.html.

 

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